I have been learning about leadership selection for more than forty years. I was selected by men and women who believed in me at a very young age, and from them, and the example of Jesus and Paul in the New Testament, I have learned the seven laws of leadership selection.
Perhaps "laws" is too strong a word. Maybe "truths" or "biblical principles" is a more accurate way to describe what I have learned. I draw these truths from the life of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke.
I practice these laws. Others have modeled them to me. I study them in the lives of effective leaders. I hope they help you on your journey.
Grace and peace,
It says in Luke 6:12-13,
"Now it came to pass in those days that Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, and He continued all night in prayer to God. 13 And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles."
Jesus selected apostolic leaders from among his new-found disciples. Finding leaders is the greatest challenge leaders face. Yet, some leaders attract more leaders and others struggle to find or keep any leaders. Why? Certainly part of the answer lies in the gift of a leader, but there are also certain truths we can practice that will make us attractive to the emerging leaders in our sphere of influence.
The most gifted leaders I know practice these seven laws of leadership selection:
- The law of harvest based leadership training. The most fruitful leaders fine their future leaders in the harvest fields not in the seminary/theological classrooms. This